"GFWC CHILHOWEE CLUB: Supports the Blount County community by donating to worthy causes. Checks were presented recently to the Clayton Center for the Performing Arts, the Blount County Food Pantry, the Blount County Public Library and to the Maryville Kiwanis Club and Imagination Library..."
"It can sometimes be difficult to get a decent crowd for a Thursday night event at the library, so when the Memphis Public Library welcomed 78 women to a recent Garden Tea Party, it was definitely impressive..."
Tenn-Share's ShareFest Planning Committee invites proposals for the October 23, 2015, conference to be held at the Nashville Public Library's Conference Center.
Are you taking digital resource sharing to the next level? Tenn-Share welcomes submissions from staff at all professional levels, from all library types and library fields, as well as library school students and faculty. Proposals about the digital aspect of libraries are especially encouraged. Ideas include, but are not limited to, topics such as e-resources, mobilization strategies, digital marketing, virtual reference, social media, the library as a digital environment, and effective use of technology in the library. However, any proposal discussing innovative and useful ideas concerning libraries will be considered.
There will be two presentation formats available: Full Presentations and 10-for-Tenn presentations, which are 10-minutes-or-less presentations, ideal for introducing a new strategy, concept or resource.
To learn more about presenting at ShareFest, visit Tenn-Share's website, or email Jenifer Grady, Tenn-Share's executive director, or Leah Allison, planning committee co-chair.
It is with deep sadness that I must announce the resignation of Pam Dennis as incoming President of TLA. Pam has a phenomenal opportunity in my adopted home state of North Carolina and has accepted a job there. She will be sending out a note to all of you in tandem with this email. We will miss Pam tremendously! I know I speak on behalf of the association when I say that we all appreciate all she has done for TLA. She will truly be missed by all! Thank you, Pam, personally for all the support you have given to me! I have really loved getting to know you better this year and appreciate your friendship!! And thank you so much for filling in so brilliantly in my absence at the Memphis Conference! From my heart, I appreciate you so much! Thank you, Pam, on behalf of all of us!
Despite this sad news, TLA has to go on! On the recommendation of the Executive Board, I have agreed to fill in as President for this upcoming year with the Board of Directors that Pam appointed. Some are calling this my “do over” ;-) By filling in this year, Richard Groves will be given the opportunity to fulfill his duties as VP/President Elect. That year is critical in appointing his own Board of Directors for his presidential year but also gives him time to see the inner workings of the association from a different perspective. Ruth Kinnersly, Past President of TLA, will remain as past President for the upcoming year. Ruth and Heather Lanier (outgoing secretary) will head up the Strategic Planning Committee. I ask all of you to send us your good thoughts this year as we fulfill our roles.
Now… down to business….
Two weeks ago (can it really have been that long ago?), the TLA Boards of Directors (incoming and outgoing) met for our annual 2 day retreat and last board meeting of the year. We always have a good time … it’s a time to laugh and to learn… learn about each other, learn our association, and learn what is important to all of us … the future of TLA. We spent a lot of time talking about the future of TLA at this board meeting. We are 113 years old. We must ask ourselves… does the current structure and workings of the association match the needs of our members, potential members, our libraries and our patrons. Is our structure and inner workings still relevant today? Soon, I will be appointing a task force to work on evaluating our current inner workings and report back to us. I hope that we will have some plans to discuss at the September board meeting. Stay tuned! (And… let me know if you want to serve on the task force)!
During the coming year, we will be exploring these questions. My theme for this year is “Dare to Imagine.” While it includes daring to image a different structure for our association, it also speaks to more far reaching questions for all of us in the library world… why do we do this? Does it still make sense today as it did before? Dare we imagine new programs, new services, new structures…? For the answer to many questions… it could be “Yep, it works.” But for others (as was apparent in one of our exercises at the retreat), there are many things that no longer work. We must remain relevant now as well as into the future. Now that “everyone has a place at the table,” what will we do with them? Will we allow them to soar? To Dare to Imagine? I hope the answer is yes… and hope you will join me in this quest this year.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve our wonderful association!
"The Sevier County Public Library System King Family Library located at 408 High Street in Sevierville will be closed on Wednesday, July 29 due to construction and safety concerns during the renovation project on the third floor..."
Smart phones and selfie sticks were more than 100 years away from being invented, but photography was nevertheless an important part of people's lives during the 19th Century. And those ancient photos can provide important clues even today to people who are trying to learn more about their ancestors.
In the latest in the Tennessee State Library and Archives' (TSLA) free workshop series, Nashville native Lynda Massey will coach participants in how to use those photos to assist in genealogical research.
Photos from the Victorian era can help identify long-lost ancestors through images of period clothing, hair styles, facial hair, and even through details left behind by the photographers themselves. In this workshop, Massey will explain how one can identify images by their case makers, the names of photographers and photo studio addresses. Using city directories (available at TSLA and online) to establish when photographers worked at particular addresses, researchers can even pinpoint the dates when photos were made.
Massey has been interested in photography her whole life and began collecting about 20 years ago. She repairs and cleans daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and images of all types. She is also an avid collector and authority on antique jewelry.
The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will be held in TSLA's auditorium from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. Aug. 1.
Those wishing to attend must register online because seating in the auditorium is limited. Parking is available in the front, on the side, and in back of TSLA's building, which is located at 403 Seventh Avenue North, directly west of the State Capitol building in downtown Nashville. To register, visit: http://tslaphotoworkshop.eventbrite.com For more information on the event, call: (615) 741-2764 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
After many years of faithful service to TLA, the Middle Tennessee Library Association has disbanded. Retirements, moves, etc have taken a toll on this organization. The remaining members wanted to honor the work of their association by donating their remaining funds to TLA. How fitting that these funds will continue the association’s work through the support of new professionals through the Gleaves Scholarship. On behalf of the Tennessee Library Association and all the future professionals that will benefit, I would like to thank the Middle Tennessee Library Association for their donation of $648.09. Thank you!
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